Fetzer questioned whether Hoyle, the co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, was best choice because of increases in the state budget.
“Since Sen. Hoyle was elected, the state budget and increased taxes have become a financial burden on North Carolina taxpayers, and under his leadership, the state has fallen into an economic quagmire,” Fetzer said in a statement released after a news conference.
Andrew Whalen, the state Democratic Party executive, called Fetzer's attack “pathetic."
“Senator Hoyle is recognized, trusted and proven leader when it comes to fostering an environment that promotes business growth,” Whalen said.
Whalen said with Hoyle's help, North Carolina has been recognized as one of the best states for business development.